What we're about

23rd Sept... The Scottish Government's official guidance has confirmed walking groups (such as ours) are exempt from the restrictions on social gatherings, announced on 22 September.

During participation we must ensure we are apply physical distancing, good hygiene rules and follow all other Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance.

Cheers, Carol

Hi there & welcome to Gentle Jaunts.

This group is for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors and who wants to get fit while having fun.

As the name suggests, we meet to do walks which are not too difficult and are conducted at a reasonable pace. The group is as much a social activity, as it is a form of exercise. We meet to enjoy each others company, get exercise and visit interesting places, meet people and make like minded friends.

WALK DETAILS: A brief explanation of the route, distance, terrain and conditions, is provided for each walk. Read this information thoroughly and decide whether the walk is suitable for you. If you decide it is then RSVP "YES". Come prepared with suitable clothing, footwear and equipment for the walk. i.e. decide if you need boots and warm waterproof clothing, or sun block and plenty of drinking water.

BREAKS/SNACKS: It will state in the details if you should bring a snack or whether we intend to stop off somewhere for a snack or a meal. Remember: It is your responsibility to come along properly equipped for each walk. If in doubt post a question in the comments area of that particular walk/event.

DOGS: Gentle Jaunts has always welcomed people who bring their dogs along. However occasionally a walk may visit grounds where dogs are not allowed, pass through a nature reserve or cross a field during lambing season. In these cases dogs are not permitted. (details of the individual walk will advise). Dogs must be kept under proper, safe control. Neither the dog, nor the walker, should create a hazard or problem for others.

MEETUP SUBSCRIPTION: Gentle Jaunts is a non-profit making group and the role of the organiser is purely to administer and facilitate the running of the group. We do ask members for a contribution to cover the cost of using the Meeup web site. This is a once a year request and you do not pay to attend walks or events.

RSVP: If you know in advance that you cannot make it to a walk for which you are booked, please ensure you visit the Gentle Jaunts web page and change your RSVP to ‘NO’. This ensures that people on the waiting list have a chance to take your place. It's also wise to look out for emails from your event host for walks you have RSVPd "YES" to as plans may change or there may be vital information contained within them.

NOTE: We do not carry public liability insurance, and are not liable for any loss, damage or injury incurred during our activities. No outdoor activity can be completely safe and free from hazard. It is therefore your own responsibility to make a judgment as to whether you are able to safely take part in any of our walks or activities.

SCOTTISH OUTDOOR ACCESS CODE: Members attending outdoor events agree to uphold the Scottish Outdoor Access Code - http://www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/

Lastly, if what you've read above interests you then why not take a look at the walks/events currently listed and see if there are any you'd like to join us on. It'd be great to have you with us.

Gentle Jaunts Group Organiser

Carol King

Upcoming events (2)

*THURSDAY* GYPSY BRAE TO CRAMOND ISLAND (CROSSING VIA CAUSWAY) CIRCULAR

We may be back walking together again… however *PLEASE NOTE* All walks will be undertaken in accordance with Scottish Government and SportScotland rules for organised outdoor activities… and also the guidelines on Covid 19. i.e. * social distancing within our group and with other people we meet en route. * don’t turn up if you feel unwell. * Bring a note of your name and telephone number for my records Come join me on this 6 mile walk from Gypsy Brae along Silverknowes foreshore... and then across the 3/4 mile long causeway onto Cramond Island for a picnic lunch and a wander around. * CRAMOND ISLAND In the 1800s the Island was used to graze sheep, with a farmstead towards the northern end of the island. During both World Wars the island was taken over by the War Dept as part of the defences of the Firth of Forth. The extensive construction works that were then carried out account for most of the structures still standing on the island today. The submarine boom connecting Cramond Island to the mainland is part of a larger network of anti submarine defences constructed during WWII to protect the Forth and its dockyards from a sea based attack. There are a range of gun emplacements, buildings for anti-shipping searchlights, the terminus for the anti-submarine net Lastly we'll walk back along the prom to our start point at Gypsy Brae. GETTING TO GYPSY BRAE 🚌BUS: Lothian buses: 8, 14, 16, 24, 32, 38, 47 all stop within a pleasant 10 min walk to Gypsy Brae • From Morrisons Granton Supermarket, Waterfront Broadway (EH5 1SA) walk down the path at the left hand side of the store - cross a little bridge which takes you into Forth Quarter Park. • Turn left and continue on the wide path (with the sea on your right) through the park until you come to a gate with two oil barrels either side of it. • Turn right once through the gate and walk down to the bottom of the hill • We’ll meet near the large green notice board 🚙CAR: Free parking is available at the meeting place (at bottom of the hill) EXTRAS ATTIRE: Dress to suit the weather and wear comfy walking boots/shoes BREAK: Bring a picnic lunch to eat on the Island DOGS: Welcome PHONE:[masked]

SUNDAY EVENING 🎵🎼 *ONLINE* EXPLORING MUSIC🎹🎵 WITH GRAEME

Graeme's 'Exploring Music' events are proving very popular, and successful, and he'll continue hosting them until lockdown is relaxed enough to allow large groups of people to meet indoors again. From Graeme: Previous on-line events have been well attended and I have had very positive feedback. After feedback and discussion I have decided to introduce a new feature. One of the attendees will introduce their favourite music video. This is an attempt to make the evening more interactive and hopefully will add an extra dimension. Otherwise, the format will be roughly the same as the face to face meetup, ie exploring a particular topic or composer in the first half and live music in the second half. The second half features the performers who will individually introduce their piece. or pieces. On average there are about eight guests, playing in a range of styles from classical to jazz to pop. Afterwards I will send links to the music and videos featured. The day before I will send an e mail via the Meetup website with the invitation to join the meeting and this will include a link and the meeting ID and password. You will have to either click on the link or copy the link to your browser. IMPORTANT##### Those of you who have opted out of meetup e mails, will have to pm me to get the signing in details##### This meetup is FREE so will appeal to the freegans amongst you! COMMENTS ON PREVIOUS MEETUPS Thanks for putting this together Graeme. Thanks to Kim for his IT skills and all of the artists too. A lovely evening. Look forward to the next one! (Alan Taylor) Absolutely- what a great evening thanks everyone, look forward to seeing you all next time 😊 (Fiona Malcom) "I loved it, Graeme! It was an exquisite couple of hours. It was my first time with this group and everyone made me feel very welcome. The music extracts played in the first half were very well chosen for their power and drama; almost every one of them gave me spine tingles! The second half was a mix of amazing and reassuring, the former because of some seriously outstanding talent, and the latter because, now knowing the context of the group, I almost feel confident enough to perform myself sometime in the fairly near future. Thank you for the experience. ( Gill C) What an interesting afternoon 😊I thought I knew lots about Chopin but I learned lots of new information. Loved the live performances from very talented and courageous musicians. And great company and delicious treats too. Excellent. Thanks Graeme once again (Fiona) RSVPs Please do not RSVP NO, unless you have to change from a YES. It's only important to know who is going. Can you all please keep YOUR HOST informed of your RSVP status by changing it to NO (not going) if you can no longer make it. It takes only a minute and means a lot to the host and waiting members who can take a place

Past events (704)

Balerno to Harbour Hill and return

Balerno bus terminus

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